Scrum is HUGE! It’s massively adopted by organizations. That’s of course awesome! Except for the fact that many organizations and teams think they’re doing Scrum, while they’re not. Sure, they’ve got all the Scrum roles, events and artifacts in place. But there’s no working software at the end of the Sprint. There’s no drive to improve. No involvement of customers and users during development. This might look like Scrum from the surface. But it isn’t. This is Zombie-Scrum, and we need to stop it!
During the presentation, you’ll learn more about the causes and symptoms of Zombie-Scrum. Even more important, you’ll discover an antidote: Liberating Structures. Please note: this presentation isn’t for the faint of heart. Be brave. Join the resistance and help us fight Zombie-Scrum!
An Antidote to Zombie Scrum
Agile Portugal, Porto
May 31, 2019
A Word of Warning...
Chances are, you will be...
● Overwhelmed → by learning a new language
● Shocked → by the state of Scrum
● Confused → a presentation about Liberating Structures?
● Annoyed → 1 minute conversations?!
● Terriﬁed → Scrum Zombies in the room?
● Even more confused → Liberating Strategy?
● Completely lost → Strategy Knotworking?!
● Create awareness
● Offer inspiration for experimentation
● Trigger useful conversations
The State of Scrum(.org)
Scrum is HUGE! It’s massively adopted by organizations!
● 256 Professional Scrum Trainers worldwide
● 143.000 people trained around the world
● 3.250.000 people have taken the open assessments
● 300.000 people are certiﬁed
● 100+ Scrum books
● 10.000.000+ Scrum articles
The Real State of Scrum
Many organizations think they’re doing Scrum…
But it’s not Scrum…
Zombie Scrum check
Meet the Zombie Scrum Research Team
Lord Red Beard
Cause of Zombie Scrum
● Complex organizational structures
● Plan → build → test → run
● “Business” and “IT”
● Cherry picking Scrum
● Tools, tools, tools
● Maturity models...
● “Agile” Contracts
This isn’t cause #1…
What do you think is the #1
Zombie Scrum Cause #1
People often don't have a clue
WHY they are using Scrum
We use Scrum because...
The Million Dollar Question
How to prevent or ﬁx this
#1 cause of Zombie Scrum?
The Silver Bullet Answer
Transform the whole process of
strategy-making for implementing Scrum by
using Liberating Structures
Liberating Structures are...
“A language for interaction in groups”
- Christiaan Verwijs
Why Liberating Structures?
Because the way we interact
in groups is broken!
Too structured and inhibiting
Recognize your Scrum Events?
Liberating Structures to the rescue
How We Have Used It
Growing The Liberators
Most important, we’ve used it for...
Tackling Zombie Scrum cause #1
A collection of Liberating Structures
“An approach for shaping the future while
creatively adapting in the moment.”
- Keith McCandless & Johannes Schartau
The 6 Questions
How to Answer These Questions?
The Key Success Factor...
Involve the entire organization!
“Shaping answers together builds ownership, trust, and
momentum for action. It creates a story that is authored,
owned and operated by everyone.”
- Keith McCandless & Johannes Schartau
Liberating Structures are about scaling.
By using Strategy Knotworking organizations…
● Started doing Scrum
● Continued doing Scrum
● Stopped doing Scrum
Bottom line: less Zombie Scrum!
Some examples are...
But I still don’t know what
Liberating Structures are...”
Join the Zombie Scrum resistance!
Join a Liberating Structures User Group
Join a Strategy Knotworking Workshop
Download the free app
A bit of reﬂection
Something new I’ve learned is...
Something I already knew,
but got conﬁrmed is...
A question that emerges is...
A good, yet brave next step for
‘Unleashing Organisational Superpowers’
As The Liberators, we take a radical approach to organizational change. Rather than taking the lead,
we empower people within organizations to drive change themselves. As facilitators we create
space where people can tackle diﬃcult challenges together while also having fun. Inspired by the
ﬁelds of complexity science and organizational psychology, we use Scrum and Liberating Structures
to deliver fast-paced interactions, high involvement and creative destruction.
With a strong focus on radical transparency, an experiential approach and creating a shared
purpose, we put organizations in a position to thrive on complexity rather than being defeated by it.
Are you ready to leave your comfort zone and unleash your superpowers?
Unleashing Organisational Superpowers